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  • Pentagon’s plans for a spy service to rival the CIA have been pared back

    11/01/2014 7:26:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-1-2014 | Greg Miller
    The Pentagon has scaled back its plan to assemble an overseas spy service that could have rivaled the CIA in size, backing away from a project that faced opposition from lawmakers who questioned its purpose and cost, current and former U.S. officials said. Under the revised blueprint, the Defense Intelligence Agency will train and deploy up to 500 undercover officers, roughly half the size of the espionage network envisioned two years ago when the formation of the Defense Clandestine Service was announced. The previous plan called for moving as many as 1,000 undercover case officers overseas to work alongside the...
  • Inside the FBI’s secret relationship with the military’s special operations

    04/11/2014 7:08:51 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2014 | Adam Goldman and Julie Tate
    When U.S. Special Operations forces raided several houses in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in March 2006, two Army Rangers were killed when gunfire erupted on the ground floor of one home. A third member of the team was knocked unconscious and shredded by ball bearings when a teenage insurgent detonated a suicide vest. Who, the relative asked, was this man — the one represented by a blue dot and nearly killed by the suicide bomber? After some hesi­ta­tion, the military briefers answered with three letters: FBI. The wounded agent in Iraq was Jay Tabb, a longtime member of the...
  • The secret war behind Benghazi (lot's of good info)

    02/10/2013 2:14:36 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 100 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | 2/10/2013 | KYLE SMITH
    Obama gave his chief counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, who is now the nominee to be the next leader of the CIA, a blank check. Brennan could do just about whatever he needed to do in North Africa and the Mideast, contend Murphy and Webb. Brennan chose to conduct a dangerous classified war without looping in Stevens, who paid with his life for his ignorance, according to the book. The Joint Special Operations Command, which Brennan controls, is a collection of special forces outside of the regular military command originally formed as a hostage-rescue team. But in the middle of last...
  • October Surprise: Obama Plans Major Airstrike on Libyan Targets

    10/03/2012 4:25:46 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 100 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/3/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Today, a Defense Department official confirmed to Breitbart News that there is advance planning for a “substantial air package” against targets in Libya. Military sources suggest that this means that flight missions against Libyan targets will include manned flights, not merely drones. The New York Times reported yesterday that the Obama administration is preparing an operation to “kill or capture militants” involved in the Benghazi attack resulting in the murder of our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. According to the Times, the Joint Special Operations Command is putting together “so-called target packages of detailed information about the suspects.”...
  • Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing

    12/28/2011 12:55:48 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 27, 2011 | By Greg Miller
    In the space of three years, the administration has built an extensive apparatus for using drones to carry out targeted killings of suspected terrorists and stealth surveillance of other adversaries. The apparatus involves dozens of secret facilities, including two operational hubs on the East Coast, virtual Air Force­ ­cockpits in the Southwest and clandestine bases in at least six countries on two continents. The rapid expansion of the drone program has blurred long-standing boundaries between the CIA and the military. Lethal operations are increasingly assembled a la carte, piecing together personnel and equipment in ways that allow the White House...
  • Sachs Accuses US Special Operations In Afghanistan Of 'High-Tech Murder On A Large Scale'

    05/11/2011 6:00:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Left-wing Columbia Professor Jeffrey Sachs has accused US special operations forces of committing "high-tech murder on a large scale" for their targeted campaign of killing or capturing Al Qaeda Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Sachs made his contemptible accusation on today's Morning Joe in the course of a discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary "Kill/Capture" on the JSOC operations. Stephen Grey, a producer of the documentary, was a guest. View video here.
  • DEATH SQUADS USED TO BE BAD

    05/10/2011 4:25:24 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 9 replies
    The Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | May 10, 2011 | Tim Blair
    In 2009, leftoids Keith Olbermann and Jonathan Alter were shocked by Seymour Hersh’s claims that Dick Cheney ran assassination squads using military personnel to take out enemy targets – you know, just like the current President... “There’s a lot more that happened in that Bush administration, directly out of the vice-president’s office, that we don’t know about yet,” warned Alter, adding that once the full details become known, they “will curl our hair.” That last line would carry greater power if Alter weren’t bald. And also a screaming hypocrite. Now that Barack Obama is running an assassination squad – directly...
  • Did Waterboarding Just Get Vindicated?

    05/02/2011 1:00:39 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 41 replies
    Joe Weisenthal ^ | 5-2-11 | Business Insider
    The view from (some) on the right in regard to the Bin Laden news is: waterboarding is vindicated. One GOP Congressman tweeted: Wonder what President Obama thinks of water boarding now? The reason is that there's a direct line to be traced from the big news to data collected at GITMO -- data that was almost certainly collected under duress. Here's the key interrogation note regarding a courier going to Abottabad: Rest @ link
  • Reminder: Group that Killed Bin Laden was Smeared as Dick Cheney's 'Assasination Ring'

    05/02/2011 2:17:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | May 2, 2011 | MARK HEMINGWAY
    Now that a Democratic President has employed JSOC to take out Osama bin Laden, will the fever swamps of the left continue to assert that it's just a Bush/Cheney plot to run around unjustifiably killing people?
  • The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden (Not so secret now)

    05/02/2011 8:30:14 AM PDT · by kristinn · 76 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Monday, May 2, 2011 | Marc Ambinder
    From Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan, the modified MH-60 helicopters made their way to the garrison suburb of Abbottabad, about 30 miles from the center of Islamabad. Aboard were Navy SEALs, flown across the border from Afghanistan, along with tactical signals, intelligence collectors, and navigators using highly classified hyperspectral imagers. After bursts of fire over 40 minutes, 22 people were killed or captured. One of the dead was Osama bin Laden, done in by a double tap -- boom, boom -- to the left side of his face. His body was aboard the choppers that made the trip back. One...
  • Bin Laden Was Found at Luxurious Pakistan Compound

    05/02/2011 3:14:56 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 92 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | May 02, 2011 | Reuters
    U.S. forces finally found al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden not in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan's border, but in a million-dollar compound in an upscale suburb of Pakistan's capital, with his youngest wife, U.S. officials said early on Monday. They were led to the fortress-like three-story building after more than four years tracking one of bin Laden's most trusted couriers, whom U.S. officials said was identified by men captured after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. "Detainees also identified this man as one of the few al Qaeda couriers trusted by bin Laden. They indicated he might be living with...
  • JSOC

    05/01/2011 9:32:06 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 23 replies
    05/01/2011
    JSOC. I heard one TV talking head tonight mention that we will be hearing a great deal in the coming hours and days about the Joint Special Operations Command, and how this agency was instrumental in the death of Osama bin Laden.
  • McChrystal was Cheney's chief assassin (Says Seymour Hersh of Obama's New Afghan CO)

    05/17/2009 5:16:22 AM PDT · by tlb · 65 replies · 2,588+ views
    Press TV ^ | 15 May 2009 | Seymour Hersh/ Staff
    Seymour Hersh says that Dick Cheney headed a secret assassination wing and the head of the wing has just been named as the new commander in Afghanistan. Hersh said that there is a special unit called the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) that does high-value targeting of men that are known to be involved in anti-American activities, or are believed to be planning such activities. According to Hersh, the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) was headed by former US vice president Dick Cheney and the former head of JSOC, Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal who has just been named the new...
  • Gen. Wayne Downing, Candidate to Head "Homeland Security?"

    12/02/2004 5:35:26 AM PST · by xzins · 25 replies · 718+ views
    General Wayne Downing served in a variety of command assignments in infantry, armored, special operations, and joint units, culminating in his appointment as the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He served two combat tours in Vietnam as a junior infantry officer. As a general officer, Wayne Downing commanded the special operations of all services during the 1989 invasion of Panama and commanded a joint special operations task force operating deep behind the Iraqi lines during Operation DESERT STORM. Following retirement, General Wayne Downing was appointed by the President to assess the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S....
  • Agencies unite to find bin Laden

    03/14/2004 11:22:40 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 380+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/15/04 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>Task Force 121, the secret manhunting unit formed for the war on terrorism, is a blend of warriors, aviators, CIA officers and deep-cover intelligence collectors who nabbed Saddam Hussein and now hope to grab Osama bin Laden.</p> <p>"This is tightening the sensor-to-shooter loop," said a senior defense official. "You have your own intelligence right with the guys who do the shooting and grabbing. All the information under one roof."</p>
  • Special Operators Seeking A Technological Advantage [Brian's Military Ping List]

    05/11/2003 6:58:21 AM PDT · by VaBthang4 · 8 replies · 281+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | May 2003 | Harold Kennedy
    The U.S. Special Operations Command is looking for “leap-ahead” technologies that can give its troops a decided advantage over their adversaries in wars such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announced in January that the command—made up of elite, unconventional warfare units from the Army, Navy and Air Force and headquartered at Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base—is being strengthened so that it can play a bigger role in U.S. military operations. Currently, SOCOM consists of about 47,000 personnel, including Army Special Forces, Rangers and specialized helicopter, psychological operations and civil affairs units; Navy SEAL (sea,...